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Josh Earnest: 'It's Possible Chuck Grassley Has Been In Washington Too Long'

Josh Earnest ripped Senator Chuck Grassley for the historic delay on Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote.

As usual, the Senate continues to delay the confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch. As Jeffrey Toobin notes, their inaction appears to be punitive because they can be punitive. Governing the country isn't half as important as screwing the Democrat in the White House, after all.

But this morning, Senator Chuck Grassley exceeded all expectations for just how hypocritical and two-faced Republicans can be. When asked about the Lynch delay during a Bloomberg TV interview, Grassley said, "The Democrats were in charge of the Congress, and they decided not to bring her up."

In September, Grassley advised the White House and Harry Reid to wait until the new Congress was sworn in before submitting Lynch's nomination, in anticipation that the Senate would be controlled by Republicans.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was appropriately angry about Grassley's 180-degree turn. "That, in my mind, is an astounding display of duplicity," said Earnest.

"And I know that many of you have been in Washington longer than I have," he continued, "You're thinking...[Josh] is so idealistic, he's got stars in his eyes, he's so naive about the way that Washington works that this kind of dramatic reversal and going back on one's word is just business as usual in Washington. The sad part, I think, is that Senator Grassley, particularly in his home state of Iowa, has cultivated a reputation as somebody who is true to his word."

"The only conclusion I can draw to this astounding exchange is that it's possible that Senator Grassley has been in Washington for too long," he concluded.

Well, that and that Senator Grassley is a Republican, but it would have been impolitic for the White House Press Secretary to say that out loud.

Let's see if this sound bite makes it onto the national news scene. I somehow doubt it will, since it seems our national media is more interested in whether Hillary left money in the tip jar at Chipotle or not.


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